Major responsibilities

  • Identify influences on the behavior of tribological system piston/ring/liner with regard to friction, blowby, lube oil consumption and ring dynamics for different material pairings
  • Elaborate the fundamentals and requirements for tribological system simulations
  • Calibrate and validate a software tool for simulation and analysis of the piston/ring/liner system
  • Extend and optimize an existing physics-based baseline simulation model by data-driven methods
  • Derive measures for optimization of the tribological system piston/rings/liner
  • Interact closely within the LEC’s research team and industrial partners
  • Communicate the project results in regular internal meetings and to project partners
  • Disseminate the project results in the form of scientific publications and elaborate a doctoral thesis

Your Profil

  • Qualified degree (MSc, Dipl.-Ing) in mechanical engineering, physics, process engineering or similar
  • Interest for materials, tribology and structure dynamics simulations
  • Interest for machine learning techniques
  • Programming skills (Python, Matlab)
  • Knowledge of the simulation software AVL EXCITE™ is an asset
  • Strong interpersonal skills with initiative and perseverance
  • Technical writing skills
  • Fluent in German and/or English

Our offer

  • Doctoral thesis within an exciting research project
  • Availability of outstanding research infrastructure (engine test beds, test rigs with optical access and high-performance computing cluster)
  • Consistent measurement data for the calibration of simulation models
  • Collaborative work in an excellent team
  • Excellent possibilities for further personal and professional development
  • Full-time position with an annual gross salary of Euro 42.820.-
  • Earliest starting date: immediately


The LEC supports equal opportunity and diversity. We are looking for committed and motivated individuals with a talent for research. Become part of our successful LEC team! We look forward to your application.

We are looking forward to your application!


Contact: Martina Lukic